Graphic Novels for Elementary

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I have recently been seeing a lot of new graphic novels coming across my desk this season. These are always exciting for me to take a look at and see what could possibly… Continue reading

Firefighters & Fire Safety

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We have a fire station about two blocks from our house. When my boys were little, we occasionally walked to the fire station, hoping to see a firefighter or at least peek through… Continue reading

Review: Ancient and Epic Tales from Around the World ~The Odyssey

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Now that it is the beginning of October and I have to concede that fall is finally here, I really wanted to talk about a book that was seasonal or just a little… Continue reading

Review: Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

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Unbecoming by British novelist Jenny Downham follows 3 generations of women, each with fiery red hair and their own secret. The youngest, Katie, has been secretly hiding her sexuality. That is, until she… Continue reading

Get Up, Get Out, Get Writing: A Guest Post from Author Chris Barton

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Like most readers, we at Mackin love to meet authors. We go to conventions where they are speaking; drop by bookstores when they are on tour; and if we’re really lucky, we get… Continue reading

Book Review: Can Your Smartphone Change the World?

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It’s easy to feel helpless with all the dire news coming at us almost every day.  Many of the problems seem unsolvable, especially by yourself.  Even if you want to make a change,… Continue reading

Wordless (Mostly) Picture Books

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Last week I posted a list of interactive books that are excellent tools for drawing readers and listeners into a story. Wordless books can be used to prod children’s imaginations, increase their vocabulary,… Continue reading

Interactive Picture Books

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“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.” John Dewey Those of us who are teachers… Continue reading

Loving vs. Virginia : Contest — Contest Closed

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First of all, we’d like to extend a huge thank you to Patricia Hruby Powell and Shadra Strickland for sharing in their guest post on Monday. If you missed it, we highly recommend… Continue reading

Loving vs. Virginia: An Author/Illustrator/Editor Interview

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In June of 1958, Virginians Richard Loving (a white man) and his bride-to-be Mildred Jeter (a black woman) went to Washington, D.C. to be married.  The reason? Interracial marriage in the state of Virginia… Continue reading